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THE LOGIC OF DIVISIVELY ASYMMETRIC CONTESTS - RESPECT FOR OWNERSHIP AND THE DESPERADO EFFECT

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It is current orthodoxy in biological game theory that in animal contests with easily recognized asymmetries between the contestants, an asymmetry will be used to settle the dispute. Here it is argued that, if the winning of contests plays a major part in gaining reproductive success, an individual will not be selected to respect an asymmetry which will place it always in the losing role. Asymmetries that create consistent losers of this sort are termed divisive asymmetries. Divisive asymmetr...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Role:
Author
Journal:
ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR
Volume:
35
Issue:
2
Pages:
462-467
Publication date:
1987-04-05
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ISSN:
0003-3472
URN:
uuid:51af9dfe-459d-4185-8f4e-eb1e3fd489f8
Source identifiers:
386595
Local pid:
pubs:386595
Language:
English

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